Doctor Strange is a movie that has been a long time coming. It was always planned as an MCU adventure, and is known as a pet project of Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige. This November, Stephen Strange's mystical journey finally comes to the big screen. And early word of mouth is that it's great. Of course, these words are coming from none other than Marvel Comics creator himself Stan Lee. And this is a man who finds it hard to even criticize the worst that Marvel has had to offer over the past couple of decades.
But according to Stan 'The Man' Lee, director Scott Derrickson was the right man, perhaps the only man, for the job. Derrickson is best known as a horror director, having helmed such hits as Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Deliver Us From Evil. And it was this penchant for the supernatural that won Derrickson the job.
Doctor Strange is actually one of the few early Marvel characters that was not created by Stan Lee. The superhero is credited to artist Steve Ditko. And the whole idea, which revolves around a surgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, has been a hard one to bring to the screen. But Stan Lee is giving the theatrical version of Doctor Strange his stamp of approval. While appearing at the Fan Expo Canada 2016, Stan Lee made the firm statement that Scott Derrickson, 'Got it Right!'
Popular podcaster Moisés Chiullán reiterated Stan's comments via Twitter. He also reports that Mr. Lee was more than a little disappointed that he wasn't cast as Doctor Strange himself. Though it must be noted this was a statement delivered with tongue firmly in cheek. During the Expo, Stan Lee even tried to recite some of the iconic incantations used by Stephen Strange in the movie.
The Doctor Strange comic books have long relied upon reality defying story lines. And it will open up a very psychedelic side of the Marvel universe, introducing a mystical element to the MCU. And it should be noted that, just because Scott Derrickson got it right, doesn't mean that will translate for mainstream audiences who could be turned off by this very strange superhero. That said, many believed Guardians of the Galaxy would be Marvel's first major flop, and that turned out to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2014.
Whatever the Doctor Strange movie turns out to be, it will certainly be a unique movie for Marvel. It should be noted that, while Stan Lee has made a cameo appearance in all of the Marvel Studios movies, he is not affiliated with the company, nor Disney. But his endorsement still means a lot to longtime fans.
It is expected that Stan Lee will have a cameo in Doctor Strange, though his role has yet to be divulged. He will also appear in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. Though, it isn't known if he'll reprise his role as an intergalactic Playboy in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 next summer.